Book Report for the months of December 2004 and January 2005
John A. English, Failure in Command: The Canadian Army and the Normandy Campaign An intriguing account of the Canadian Army's training and leadership in
the Second World War. Reviewed here.
A. E. Jones, Sailor and Commando: A Royal Australian Navy Beach
Commando 1944-46 Read this one for my paper on the Beach Commandos. The usual sort of
individual memoir, with funny incidents and all. Contains much of value,
although often in passing. I'd recommend it for anyone who would like to
know more about them but the book is probably ungettable. I found my copy at
the Australian War Memorial.
Edward J. Drea, Macarthur's Ultra: Code Breaking and the War Against
Covers the codebreaking effort in the Southwest Pacific but does not go too
deeply into the codebreakers themselves. If you want to know what the various Japanese codes were and how they were
broken, this is one of the best explanations you will
find anywhere. Most notable is the description of how useful intelligence
can be garnered even without being able to read the coded messages.
The final chapter, on the intelligence gathering effort for the invasion of
Japan is a tour de force, as it maps out day by day the arrival of
more and more Japanese units in Kyushu on the beaches where the invasion was
to take place.
Campbell, Douglas N., The Warthog and the Close Air Support Debate